Voyagers Adult Forum - "Now Is the Time: A Study of the ELCA Declaration To People Of African Descent"

This study provides congregations with the opportunity to wrestle with the content and meaning of “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent” and its accompanying explanation. The declaration was adopted by the ELCA Church Council on June 27, 2019, and was presented to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly.

As with all documents issued, approved and adopted by the church at any of its levels, this declaration will take on life and meaning only as people throughout the church enter into the truth-telling and accountability it demands. “Explanation of the Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent” addressed several key questions that people face as they resist, approach with hesitancy or embrace in the declaration — or fall anywhere in between.

The title of this study is "Now Is the Time." Now is the time for white members of the ELCA to face their own resistance and fear. Now is the time to name uncomfortable truths. Now is the time to let go of guilt and embrace responsibility. Now is the time to uncover silence and complicity. Now is the time to acknowledge the depths of systemic racism and white supremacist culture and thinking. Now is the time to recognize how our lives and history are interwoven and how white lives also cry out for liberation from the demeaning impact of racism. Now is the time for repentance, and the time to trust God’s liberating grace, which gives us courage to face an uncomfortable past and walk boldly into a new future of racial justice and reconciliation, and of structural change.

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